No Roubaix fairytale for Mitchelton-SCOTTSun 8 Apr 2018
2016 champion Mathew Hayman has finished in 22nd place as Mitchelton-SCOTT's best placed rider at today’s Paris-Roubaix, lacking the edge to go with the top riders in the final 50km.
The 39-year-old positioned himself perfectly for the first 200km alongside the group of favourites, but when world champion Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) took off in what proved to be the winning move, he couldn’t respond.
Earlier, Luka Mezgec and Matteo Trentin were involved in crashes - the latter taken to hospital (update to come) – whilst a mechanical took Luke Durbridge out of contention.
Dry above, but wet below, the famous Roubaix cobbles loomed with danger and the reality hit immediately. A large pile up mid-bunch took out several riders, including Mezgec, on the first sector with even more caught behind. The aftermath saw the peloton split into three groups, and whilst the front two regrouped the final group, with Mezgec, Alex Edmondson and Roger Kluge never factored in the front end of the race again.
Trouble hit again when a high-speed crash on the d’Haveluy a Wallers sector took out Mitchelton-SCOTT leader Trentin with just over 100km remaining. Unable to continue, the Italian was transported directly to hospital (update to come).
World Champion slips away:
World champion Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) used alull in action, immediately after an attack attempt by reigning champion Greg van Avermaet (BMC), to slip away from the favourites group and join three remaining breakaway riders at the front of the race.
As they passed the 25km to go marker, just Silvian Dilliar (AG2R) remained with Sagan and the pair had over one-minute advantage. The two-man showdown in the velodrome concluded with the world champion raising his arms in triumph.
Mathew Hayman – 2016 champion:
“I was fairly good. I was able to leave it all out there and where I ended up was about where I was today.”
“I was having a fairly good day but then just ran out of legs. I was able to follow those key guys but I wasn’t able to make a difference. That’s Roubaix, you spend a lot of energy getting through important sectors and then the race really starts.”
“When Sagan went I was still looking for some opportunities at different points and you do never know in this race. At one point we were not very far from that chase group, maybe just 10-15seconds, but that didn’t happen.”
“Most people at home would know a lot more about this Paris-Roubaix than me because I just saw the wheel in front of me, you are so concentrated in what you are doing.”
1. Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) 3:54:06
2. Silvan Dillier (AG2R) ST
3. Nicki Terpstra (Quickstep Floors) +0:57
22. Mathew Hayman (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +3:48
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